The Korean Society For New And Renewable Energy
[ Article ]
New & Renewable Energy - , pp.9-16
ISSN: 1738-3935 (Print) 2713-9999 (Online)
Online publication date 12 May 2021
Received 26 Feb 2021 Revised 12 Apr 2021 Accepted 19 Apr 2021
DOI: https://doi.org/10.7849/ksnre.2021.0004

Investigation of EVA Accelerated Degradation Test for Silicon Photovoltaic Modules

Jaeun Kim1) ; Matheus Rabelo2) ; Markus Holz3) ; Eun-Chel Cho4), * ; Junsin Yi5), *
1)MS student, Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, Sungkyunkwan University
2)MS student, Department of Photovoltaic System Engineering, Sungkyunkwan University
3)Professor, Faculty of Economics Programm Director Logistics & Air traffic management, Anhalt University of Applied Sciences
4)Professor, College of Information and Communication Engineering, Sungkyunkwan University
5)Professor, Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, Sungkyunkwan University

Correspondence to: *(ECC) E-mail: echo0211@skku.edu Tel: +82-31-299-4649 (JSY) E-mail: junsin@skku.edu Tel: +82-31-290-7139

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Abstract

Renewable energy has become more popular with the increase in the use of solar power. Consequently, the disposal of defective and old solar panels is gradually increasing giving rise to a new problem. Furthermore, the efficiency and power output decreases with aging. Researchers worldwide are engaged in solving this problem by developing eco-module technologies that restore and reuse the solar panels according to the defect types rather than simple disposal. The eco-module technology not only solves the environmental problem, but also has economic advantages, such as extending the module life. Replacement of encapsulants contributes to a major portion of the module maintenance plan, as the degradation of encapsulants accounts for 60% of the problems found in modules over the past years. However, the current International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC) standard testing was designed for the commercialization of solar modules. As the problem caused by long-term use is not considered, this method is not suitable for the quality assurance evaluation of the eco-module. Therefore, to design a new accelerated test, this paper provides an overview of EVA degradation and comparison with the IEC and accelerated tests.

Keywords:

Silicon PV module, Eco module, Encapsulant, EVA, Degradation, Accelerated test